Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Elizabeth Lefebure

Elizabeth Was the second wife of John Samworth.

In the English  Vlieland family this  seal is kept and treasured for it was thought to be the crest of Jerome Nicholas Vlieland .

But the Dutch center for heraldry found out is was the crest of the Lefevre family of Guernsey.
So how did this seal ended up in the Vlieland family? Who could it belong to?
Well the connection with the Lefebures as the original name of the Lefevres is from Elisabeth Lefebures.
She had a will dated 1824 and proved 1827.
She married on 8 December 1808 at St Alphage Church Greenwich when she was 48 years old with John Samworth of Greenwich Kent.
She is described as late Elizabeth Lefebure widow
This John Samworth had a son John Samworth junior by his first wife Ann Chapman born in 1790.
This son had a daughter Frances Elizabeth Samworth in 1825 and she married Jerome Nicholas Vlieland the younger or the vicar as we say.
The seal must have past down in  the family to Frances Elisabeth and with the passage of time in the Vlieland family.
So that was the story of the seal .But  Elizabeth was a story by herself 

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